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“Pretty Hurts” By Beyonce Podcast

Tape: “Ms. Third Ward, your first question. What is your aspiration in life? Oh, my aspiration in life would be…to be happy”   Narrator: In 2014, the body positive movement was really taking off and becoming mainstream. Many artists began… Continue Reading →

Third Listen: “Pretty Hurts” by Beyonce

“Pretty Hurts” is a song that is extremely powerful and holds a lot of meaning, but is pretty straightforward with the lyrics. However, its meaning goes deeper than just the lyrics. One can understand the song more deeply many ways,… Continue Reading →

Second Listen: “Pretty Hurts” by Beyonce

Beyonce’s “Pretty Hurts” does not have any direct lineages in terms of references or direct connections, but there are songs that came before it and after it that send the same messages and make each song more meaningful. TLC released… Continue Reading →

First Listen: “Pretty Hurts” by Beyonce

Beyonce’s third single, “Pretty Hurts,” off her self-titled album was released in April of 2014.The song is based predominantly on pageants and their damaging practices, but also acts as a commentary on society’s standard of beauty. When the song was… Continue Reading →

“Pretty Hurts” and “I’m Not Racist” Proposal

The first option I am considering for this project is “Pretty Hurts” by Beyonce. The song is a take on body image and body standards set for girls and women by the media. It refers specifically to pageants, but I… Continue Reading →

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